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John M. "Big John" "Coach" Ryan

Stanardsville, VA. - John M. Ryan, affectionately known as "Big John" or "Coach", passed away peacefully at home on January 8, 2018 in Stanardsville, VA. John was born to Catherine and John Ryan Sr. in Jersey City, NJ on August 19, 1934. John received the Governor's Award for Teaching Excellence during his teaching career of a combined 40 years in Jersey City Schools and at Raritan HS in Hazlet, NJ. He also had a prestigious coaching career, winning State Championship titles at both Lincoln HS and St. Anthony's HS as head basketball coach, and winning the NIT Championship title as assistant coach at Manhattan College in 1973. John is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Janet, and their children Susan Drillock (husband David), Kenneth Ryan (wife Barbara), Anita Ryan, Laurie Pietropollo (husband Anthony), Nicole Morin (husband Daniel), and their 8 grandchildren, Justin, Melanie, Trevor, Michael, Alexander, Christopher, Brooks, and Samaya. He is preceded in death by his parents and his son John Charles Ryan. A memorial mass will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church on W. Bay Ave. in Barnegat, NJ on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 11am and all are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The , or your local animal shelter.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Mar. 18, 2018
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